Thursday, April 22, 2010

Guess What I Got Today? Laughing Giraffe, or is it?

My order from Tropical Traditions! I read a tweet at the beginning of the week that they were having a sale on all of their coconut and also giving a free jar of coconut oil with each order. Of course, I feel awful because it didn't occur to me to let all of you know about it. What a putz I am! Well, I made two types of macaroons and I have to tell you, this coconut and coconut oil is the best I've ever had! The taste is amazing! It doesn't taste like stinky feet. Sorry but that's what the dried coconut I used to buy smelled like.

Anyway, I now have 4 lbs. of coconut and a jar of coconut oil and would love to hear some of your recipes. Bring it on!

****If you want to win a jar of this lovely oil go over to Averie's blog and ENTER!******

Here are the two macaroons I threw together. One I measured with utensils and the other I used the scale only so I hope you have one to interpret the measurements : )

Raw Almond Walnut Macaroons

146 grams walnuts
50 grams almonds
5 oz. shredded coconut
2 Tbsp. coconut oil (28 grams)
5 Tbsp. agave (120 grams)
1/4 tsp. sea salt

Grind nuts in food processor until medium texture. Pulse in remaining ingredients.

Use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto paraflex sheets. Place in dehydrator at 105 degrees and dehydrate for 12 hrs., place on mesh screen and dehydrate for another 12 hrs. I store these in the freezer. (It's safer that way : ) Enjoy! Makes 20 macaroons.

*UPDATE* Oh my gosh, I just tasted a fully dehydrated one and it tastes just like Laughing Giraffes Smackaroons!!! I'm so excited! Just so you know, I was not leading you astray posting the recipe before tasting. I had tasted the un-dehydrated product and it was fab! The dehydrated, even more fab, if that's possible : )

Calories    135
Fat              12
Protein         2

Chocolate Macaroons

1 cup nuts of your choice (120 grams)
1 cup cacao powder
2 cups dried coconut
1/2- 3/4 cup agave
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup cacao nibs
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt

Grind the nuts in the food processor. Mix the nuts with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Scoop onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer until firm. Move them to a storage container and store them in the freezer. Yum! Makes 24 macaroons.

Calories          175
Fat                    11
Protein               4

These are staples around my house. If I have a hankering for a special treat, I pull one out of the freezer and devour it : ) No, I eat it mindfully, right?



Lizzie M. said...

Those both sound soooo good! Can I use pecans instead of walnuts?

TheFitnessFreak said...

Definitely Lizzie!

Kathy said...

They look great Nicole....I can intentionally eat these...I pick up my coconut oil tomorrow...mmmmm

Kathy said...

Here is a site for converting grams to cups/t./T...etc.

TheFitnessFreak said...

Thanks for the link Kathy! Enjoy!

scrapwordsmom said...

These sound delicious. Coconut is my FAVE flavor!!:)